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It barely lasted 24 hours. The question is though who put it up in the first place and how much did it cost to install it and remove it? More wasted money.
Here’s a [video] showing the wall being taken down.
I have no idea who originally shot this video but Ninar shared it first and Tchuup sent it to me. It’s hilarious lol! If you know who originally took it, please let me know so I give him/her the credits.
Batman was spotted at the protest giving interviews
I had no clue riot batons can fire bullets – Picture by Mohamad Cheblak
In case you missed the Red Bull Car Park Drift this year, there was another M113 drift happening in Beirut last night. Check out the [video].
via Rita Makhoul
Photo by Karim Mostafa
A Lebanese policeman was in the middle of the clashes when he completely lost it, sat down on the side of the road and started crying. When protesters spotted the police officer, they rushed and helped him out. One of the protester (Nassif el Rayyis) even caught the incident on [video] and I absolutely loved his caption “We cooperate, they dominate… They have orders to keep us apart, we have the courage to make the change”.
Police officers are just following orders and I’m sure most of them would never want to hit peaceful protesters. It’s too bad that the demonstrations turned violent and were hijacked by thugs yesterday night.
If you are planning on participating in the #YouReek protest or any kind of protest, it is important to know how to protect yourself from tear gas canisters. The effects of being tear-gassed usually last around 30 minutes but trust me it’s a very long 30 minutes. Here’s a brief post on the effects of tear gas and few tips on how to handle tear gas as shared by Zod security and based on few articles I looked up online.
What to expect when you are exposed to tear gas:
– Burning in your eyes, nose, mouth and skin.
– Blurry vision.
– Coughing and difficulty breathing.
How To Protect Yourself
A gas mask is usually the best way to protect yourself from tear gas. If you are unable to get one, you can always use swimming goggles, respirators and even wet bandanas over the nose and mouth can do the trick.
What To Do When Exposed
– Put your gas mask or goggles on, or cover your mouth and nose with cloth.
– Try to stay calm and walk away quickly to fresh air. Avoid visible clouds if possible.
– Don’t touch tear gas canisters as they are extremely hot.
– DO NOT RUB your eyes. Wash them with water or soap and cold water if available.
– DO NOT APPLY cream, sunscreen or makeup as they absorb tear gas.
– AVOID swallowing and try to cough and spit repeatedly.
– AVOID wearing your contact lenses to the demo.
Once you get back home or to your car, take our the exposed clothes and wash them. Keep in mind that the best treatments are air, cold water and time.
On a last note, keep in mind that security forces are legally allowed to use tear gas for crowd control just like we have every right to protest. I strongly believe in civilized and peaceful demonstrations and I’m sure we can keep it this way if we are disciplined enough. If there are thugs and troublemakers among the crowds, the organizers should figure out a way to isolate them and expose them. I truly hope you will never need any of the tips above and that what happened yesterday will never be repeated.
Throwing garbage in nature is a crime and Lebanese who are illegally dumping their trash in valleys, mountains and in the sea should be put behind bars. Ghaleb Cabbabe came up with a smart campaign to raise awareness on this matter by replacing the usual recycling signs with the ones shown below.
This is not the solution we want for the waste crisis. This is corruption and ignorance at its best.
Today’s protest is expected to draw large crowds and hopefully will be a peaceful and civilized one. It wouldn’t hurt though to be ready just in case things get out of control. Here’s how:
– Come wearing a swimsuit and get floats and tubes in case the police decides to fire water cannons.
– If you don’t have water at home, get your shampoo with you and enjoy a free shower. The demonstration will last more than an hour so you can enjoy a long bath.
– Get a small inflatable boat as well because the manholes are packed with garbage so you might need to sail your way back to your car.
– Keep your smartphone at home and get a go pro camera instead. Remove the stick because the police might consider it as a weapon.
– If you insist on getting a smartphone, buy a shock and water resistant cover to keep it safe.
– Get a helmet just in case fights erupt.
– Avoid selfie sticks as riot police might consider them as weapons.
– Avoid sun and eyeglasses.
– Have a light lunch and avoid heavy meals before the protest, just in case you need to run.
– Avoid getting sandbags and bring garbage bags instead. They are available everywhere on your way to Beirut. Hint: Karantina has some big solid bags.
– If you’re planning on taking a selfie with the water cannon, make sure the serail is behind you as the picture will come out nicer.
Jokes aside, let’s keep the protest civilized and raise our voices against corruption and for a better waste management plan in this country. See you all tonight!
LiveLoveLebanon is an initiative launched by the Ministry of Tourism to show everyone through pictures and videos the true beauty of Lebanon and promote tourism in our country. I’ve been supportive of this campaign ever since it started and it’s an honor for me to take over the LiveLoveLebanon Instagram account for this weekend. I know we’re going through rough times in Lebanon, but we should always try to stay positive and promote the true beauty of our country.
The garbage crisis is getting worse every day and is affecting all of us, yet when activists call for a demonstration against our corrupt politicians, barely anyone shows up. Even though most Lebanese are frustrated by the current situation and by the incompetence of our government, very few people are turning up to the protest. Yesterday during Kalamennas episode, Minister Mohammad Machnouk seemed very relaxed even though he still didn’t come up with any solution and hasn’t been supportive of recycling initiatives at all! His arguments made no sense at all and the worst part was when he suggested reopening the Naameh landfill but he couldn’t care less because he is not feeling threatened and probably won’t be by all these protests, even though #YouStink activists placed garbage in front of his house asking him to resign.
We need to hold our officials accountable for their actions and since elections are out of the question for now, we need to either take small actions or/and take the street. Unfortunately, the young generations, especially university students, don’t seem too concerned with what’s happening. They’d rather be attending a beach party and a color festival than going to a protest. I can understand people who don’t like to protest when the objectives are not clear, or because they don’t have time due to their family and work obligations, but that doesn’t apply to school and university students who should be more engaged than that. If their parents won’t let them demonstrate, they can start by recycling at home and forcing their municipalities and their neighbors to do the same. They can organize activities in their tows, raise awareness and volunteer to help recycle.
We will never be able to change anything in this country if we don’t start making small changes and taking drastic measures against our government and corruption. Trending a hashtag and sharing a post or a picture do help but they are not enough especially in Lebanon. If anything, officials here often brag on how corrupt and incompetent they are which is quite sad.
All in all, I think #YouStink activists are doing a great job and their movement is still going strong but it won’t be for long if politicians agree on a “solution” soon and if they get people confused. I heard yesterday that they are calling now for early elections which is not a smart move if you ask me. The only thing that might trigger a change is a large demonstration and a series of synchronized protests all around Lebanon. We need drastic measures and we need young and enthusiastic Lebanese to take the initiative and get things done. Moreover, we need the media and our celebrities to serve as role models for the younger generations and join the protests.
So should we attend the protest on Saturday? Of course we should and we need to encourage everyone to do the same. See you all there!
Five activists from the #YouStink (طلعت ريحتكم) movement were taken into police custody earlier today and one of them was severely injured after he was brutally beaten by the ISF. The activists (Lucien Bourjeily, Waref Sleiman, Hassan Chamas and Ihab Abu Mujahid ) were all released afterwards and a new demonstration is now scheduled for Saturday the 22nd of August at 6pm.
The police was caught on tape beating up protesters, including women protesters. Water cannons and batons were used and Activist Bilal Allaw was taken to the emergencies at AUBMC following a severe beating by the police.
I don’t care what sparked the fight but the riot police has no right to beat up protesters and this is totally unacceptable! The garbage crisis is affecting all of us and these activists are the only ones defying corruption and asking for a change and their movement is picking up. If anything, the police should be arresting those who are hiding and burning trash in nature or trying to smuggle garbage out of their area to dump it illegally elsewhere!
The NY Times wrote about what happened yesterday, check it out [here].